Rock House Draw Ranch is located halfway between Fort Stockton on I-10 and Sanderson on US Highway 90, fronting on the east side of US Highway 285 for more than 3.2 miles. Paved Grey Ranch Road fronts on the northern part of the ranch for more than 2 miles, providing very easy access to the property. This is considered Sanderson limestone hill country and with a great diversity of habitats, vegetation, and topography with distant views all the way to the Madera Mountains south of Fort Stockton.
Rock House Draw Ranch was the original headquarters for the old Cerf Ranch. Several old buildings, houses, pens, outbuildings and barns would make for an excellent interesting new ranch headquarters with electricity already in place. Adobe walls, old wood wind mill tower, rock tanks, and other older barns and buildings if remodeled would create an amazing new headquarters complex with lots of character. The old rock water storage tank and bath house make the perfect centerpiece for the construction of a new, interesting complex.
The ranch is situated at the convergence of three biologically-distinct eco-regions in Texas; the Texas Hill Country to the east, the Chihuahuan Desert to the west, and the subtropical Tamaulipan Brushland to the south, creating one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the state. A central plateau separates the ranch into two distinct areas that have wide, broad valleys with interesting limestone outcrop bluffs.
New fences across the south and east boundaries, as well as older but usable fences along the highway and Grey Ranch Road and the neighboring property to the east, create a working ranch. Topography ranges from just below 3,300 to more 3,600 feet. A network of excellent roads provides access throughout the ranch. Rolling to flat terrain, with accessible deeper soils to the north and the steep limestone bluffs, canyons, and valleys to the south, makes this a diverse ranch with a variety of resources.
Habitat and Wildlife
Tamaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of the Rock House Draw Ranch. From yucca and sotol, to hackberry and mesquite woodlands, to persimmon and juniper, the ranch represents a crossroads of diverse habitats. The property’s browse and grasslands are in excellent condition, a result of the ranch’s evolution from a historic sheep and goat ranch into today’s recreational uses of hunting, hiking, and enjoyment of the scenic beauty. Native grasses, forbs, browse, brush, cacti and trees not only provide excellent habitat for game species such as Elk, deer, turkey, quail, and dove, but also for non-game species such as Texas horned lizard, neotropical songbirds, fox, ringtail cat, and many other mammals.
Recent use and management has been focused improving and growing Elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer populations, which are tremendous. The population is about 50/50 for the two deer types and, within the steep terrain along the canyons, one can also find Aoudad sheep. Wing shooting for Blue Quail and Mourning Dove are tremendous. The ranch has received excellent income from drought insurance under the existing owner.
The groundwater under Rock House Draw Ranch is shallow, accessible, prolific, and high quality, being part of the Edwards-Trinity or Plateau Aquifer. There is one well on the ranch.
Approximately 2 sections are mineral-classified sections, owned by the Texas General Land Office, where the surface owner shares in 50% of all bonuses and royalties and negotiates terms of any mineral lease. Seller owns no minerals.